Mayra’s singing is a blend of radiant, dancing colors, velvet beats and spicy melodies. The songs conjure up an eternal summer that disperses the mists and chills, but never resort to the tinsel of exoticism. Sung in Cape Verdean creole, English and Portuguese, they carry us away in their warm, adventurous unpredictability.
In 2006, she released her first album – Navega, a « roots » production, acoustically recorded at the rate of three songs a day. She called the second album, Stória, Stória…, « a princess’s album ». It was made in Paris, Brazil and Cuba, and she took the songs on tour with eight musicians. She then recorded a trio concert for FIP radio. It provided the material for the following album, Studio 105. « After that, I decided I wanted to make a more pop album». She freely admits that Lovely Difficult is a paradox. «It’s a more varied, personal album. I’m a woman of my times, affected by so many influences. I’ve never written or sung so much in so many languages».
Mayra's next album, Manga - due in autumn and entirely in Creole -brings together the sounds of modern African music from the continent with her Cape-Verdean roots. It features Kim Alves, the famous Cape-Verdean multi instrumentist, along with a new generation of West African musicians, with the producer 2B from Ivory Coast overlooking it all.
« The Cape Verdean singer at her best when she remembered her roots ! » -The Guardian
« Deliciously elegant ! » -The Telegraph